houseandwhips.com – As we can see, Zion Williamson has undergone drastic weight gain in recent years. The power forward for the New Orleans Pelicans previously blamed his weight issues on both financial and food problems, saying that he ate too much dough.
Zion Williamson is a 23-year-old American professional basketball player who now plays for the NBA‘s New Orleans Pelicans. He plays the position of power forward.
Following a freshman year with the Duke Blue Devils, he was selected as the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft by the New Orleans Pelicans. In 2020, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Furthermore, he became the fourth youngest NBA player to be selected to an All-Star game in 2021.
On the other hand, Zion Williamson’s weight gain has been a problem ever since he was drafted. People believe his weight might even affect his basketball career. Well, let’s examine his transformation in detail.
Zion Williamson’s Weight Gain Transformation Throughout the Years!
Zion Williamson (@zionwilliamson) has blamed his NBA dietary issues on eating too much dough. The New Orleans Pelicans player has stated that having all the money in the world is the source of his ongoing weight gain issues.
Zion Williamson before and after weight gain.
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Since being picked first overall by the Pelicans in 2019, Williamson has struggled to stay healthy and on the court. The 6-foot, 6-inch forward has appeared in just 114 regular-season games in four years, including missing the whole 2021-22 season due to a foot injury. He was officially listed at 284 pounds after apparently weighing more than 300 pounds before the 2021-22 season.
The 23-year-old inked a five-year, $ 193 million max contract last offseason that will kick in this fall. It’s a deal that could be worth up to $231 million if he hits certain career benchmarks. However, Williamson has attributed his wealth to an apparent inability to eat a healthful diet.
During an unexpected guest appearance on Gil’s Arena podcast, Zion Williamson was questioned if dieting at his age was difficult by former NBA player, Gilbert Arenas. He responded, “Since it’s you, I’ll be real. That s**t’s hard, it’s hard man. Like, you’re 20, 22, got a lot of money – it feels like all the money in the world – man, it is hard.”
Pelicans executive, David Gryphon previously urged Williamson to make himself more available to the club. So, the forward stated that he is now making attempts to maintain his weight and stay in game shape. He stated, “I’m at that point now, where, because of certain things, I’m putting back wisdom around me… putting people around me with wisdom, put me on game to certain things and just go from there.” He added,
Like [former Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski] taught me, I have to own up to my responsibilities. There are a lot of things I could have done better. I didn’t. I’m in the process of fixing those wrongs.
In addition to dealing with weight gain difficulties, Zion Williamson has had to cope with incessant trade rumors, a scandal with adult film star, Moriah Mills, and word that he is going to become a girl dad. However, Fox Sports commentator, Chris Broussard has blamed his weight gain on a lack of passion for the game. On The Odd Couple podcast, He posed the question,
Do you love the game or do you love what it brings? If you really love the game like a LeBron James or Floyd [Mayweather], Kobe [Bryant], no matter what you’ve accomplished, you’re gonna work your tail off. If you just love what it brings, then once you get that stuff, the women, the money, the fame, the materials, you’re going to lose sight of the main thing.
Furthermore, Zion Williamson has a financial incentive to maintain his current weight in the next years. According to sources, if he weighs more than 295 pounds, his new guaranteed deal could be cut. So, hope he’ll find a way to maintain his weight gain issues and stay fit and in shape for the coming games.
Zion Williamson’s Pelicans Defeats Victor Wembanyama’s Spurs by a Huge Margin!
On December 18, 2023, the game featured a critical battle between Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans and Victor Wembanyama of the San Antonio Spurs. It was a clash between two young league talents that fans will remember for years to come.
Victor Wembanyaman outperformed Zion Williamson in their first-ever matchup.
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While the Pelicans handled business with ease, Wembanyama got the better of Williamson. Williamson had 15 points and eight rebounds, while Wembanyama had 17 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks.
So far this season, Wembanyama and the Spurs have focused on Saturday’s game. While Wembanyama has been impressive so far this season, the Spurs’ troubles have continued
After ending a terrible losing run earlier this week, San Antonio is at 4-21 on the season. The Spurs are now back in the losing column and are hoping to turn things around. At least for the time being, Spurs fans have Wembanyama to keep them entertained during the team’s setbacks.